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Articles from February 7, 2014

32 Recruits Reflects Area Well
The class of 2014 in Southwestern Pennsylvania football didn't produce as many Division I-A recruits as originally thought, but this class is most certainly a big step up from last year. Wednesday was the first day that high school seniors could sign...
5 Superb Short Documentaries Vie for an Oscar
I am almost (but not quite) speechless in describing this year's crop of Oscar-nominated short documentaries -- which you mustn't miss the chance to see at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Melwood screening room in Oakland this and next weekend -- before we...
78th Dapper Dan Dinner & Sports Auction Harris' Stellar Career Honored Hurdle, Matamoros, Nordenberg Also Accept Awards Alongside Steelers Great
Despite the fact that the Steelers selected Franco Harris out of Penn State in the first round of the 1972 draft, Harris spent a good portion of his rookie year without owning a car. As it turned out, his career provided him all the transportation he...
A Commitment to Diversity Corporate-Funded Program Here Is Training Young Black Men for the Oil and Gas Industry
There were eight black men in the North Side classroom learning about the Marcellus Shale boom, but most of them didn't believe the oil and gas industry was going to let them be a part of it. That was in 2012. At the first class of the Hill District-based Mentors...
Addicted for Life Relapse Is as Easy as Moving Your Hand to Your Mouth
I cried when I heard about Philip Seymour Hoffman. The news scared me: He got sober when he was 22 and didn't drink or use drugs for the next 23 years. During that time, he won an Academy Award, was nominated for three more, and was widely cited as...
After N.J. Success, Can Steelers Host Super Bowl?
Pittsburgh has hosted the World Series, AFC championship games, the NHL Winter Classic and the Stanley Cup finals, but never a Super Bowl. Steelers president Art Rooney II wants to see about changing that. Mr. Rooney said Thursday he's interested in...
Alice Walker's Private Life Detailed on 'American Masters'
SAN FRANCISCO - In the opening scene of the first film biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, the activist says people have always had a problem with her. "They had a problem with my disinterest in submission. My intellect. My...
Altoona Nurses Plan 1-Day Strike
Nurses at UPMC Altoona hospital intend to stage a one-day strike Tuesday to protest stalled contract talks with the health care giant. SEIU Healthcare PA, which represents the hospital's 800 nurses, said the workers decided to strike after negotiations...
Bing or Google? the FCC Should Not Let Deep Pockets Control the Internet
Imagine a world where a friend using Comcast can access Google much faster than you because your house has Verizon FiOS. Or where you have to pay an additional $5 a month to use Google. This could be the new reality. Three weeks ago, the D.C. Circuit...
Bobsled History in Reach for U.S
The possibility that U.S. bobsledders could sweep all three events at the 2014 Winter Olympics is far less surprising than the alchemy that led to their unprecedented success. Female track stars were transformed into top-flight brakemen. A severely depressed,...
Breast Enlargement in Men Is Often Reversible
DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm a man. Why are my breasts suddenly getting bigger? DEAR READER: Everything that happens to a woman's breasts can also happen to a man's breasts, including cancer. Enlargement of a man's breast is known as gynecomastia (guy-ni-co-MAST-ia)....
BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Sharon Regional sold Sharon Regional Health System said Thursday it has reached a definitive agreement to be sold to Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems Inc. The sales price was not revealed, but the hospital said in a news release that for-profit...
Canada's St. Louis Replaces Stamkos Notebook
Canada's Olympic hockey team picked a healthy Tampa Bay Lightning forward to replace an injured one. Hockey Canada announced Thursday that Martin St. Louis is on the roster for the Sochi games to replace Steven Stamkos. Doctors ruled out Stamkos Wednesday...
Clark Stirs Pot on NFL Drug Use Says Some Steelers Smoke Marijuana
Ryan Clark says NFL players smoke marijuana, including some of his Steelers teammates, and that it's easy for NFL players to pass the league's tests for the banned drug. "I know guys on my team who smoke," Clark said Thursday on ESPN's "First Take."...
Clear Channel Promotes Wxdx Host
WXDX-FM (105.9) morning host Tim Benz has been promoted to sports director of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment's Pittsburgh stations. Mr. Benz will oversee sports programming on all six stations (WDVE-FM, WXDX-FM, WKST-FM, WWSW-FM, WPGB-FM and WBGG-AM)....
Colonials Won't Look Past Rit This Time
It took only one short month for Robert Morris, the wreck of Atlantic Hockey, to become the wreckers. The Colonials' tour-de-force January turnaround resulted in an 8- 1-1 record and rocketed them into a fourth-place tie in the conference. After a near-perfect...
Council Hears Land Bank Concerns
At a public meeting Thursday, dozens of residents lined up to express concerns about a bill before Pittsburgh City Council that would create a land bank, a mechanism that is intended to streamline the process of redeveloping vacant and tax-delinquent...
Dip into Alternatives to the Usual Bowl of Cheesy Stuff
"Who moved my cheese?" You might hear that question asked more literally in the coming days as gameday cooks fumble through grocery stores searching for America's favorite cheese loaf. Recently, Kraft announced a Velveeta shortage, saying only limited...
Doyle Could Get Ranking Spot on U.S. House Panel
WASHINGTON -- Democrats from New Jersey and California are vying for their caucus's top spot on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and their bids to replace retiring Henry Waxman, D- Calif., could leave open a subcommittee leadership slot for Western Pennsylvania...
Engelland Swings ... from Defenseman to Fourth-Line Winger and, Sometimes, Back and Forth in the Same Game with Positive Results
It's no wonder the Penguins want Deryk Engelland in their lineup, even if it means playing the natural defenseman at right wing on the fourth line. Since Engelland returned from a five-game suspension in late December, the Penguins are 13-1-1 when he's...
Ex-Officer: War on Drugs 'Far Worse' Than a Failure
The war on drugs, Jack Cole said, has been "far worse" than a failure. Speaking to about 75 students Thursday afternoon at Slippery Rock University, Mr. Cole, a retired New Jersey State Police narcotics detective and a co-founder of Law Enforcement Against...
Flush Those Colonoscopy Fears
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - She couldn't tell her mom that something was wrong because it was way too embarrassing. She didn't even like to walk down the toilet paper aisle at the grocery store. So when Danielle Ripley-Burgess, 30, of Lee's Summit, Mo., was...
Fox May Change How It Selects Shows
PASADENA, Calif. -- During last month's Television Critics Association winter press tour, Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly declared "pilot season" dead. We're in the midst of pilot season right now. Networks typically order pilots -- test episodes...
Give Her a Nobel at 90 I Nominate Dr. Hamlin for the Suffering She Has Stopped
We journalists tend to cover disasters, corrupt officials and loathsome criminals with gusto, but let's take a break and applaud a hero.Catherine Hamlin, an Australian gynecologist who has spent most of her life in Ethiopia, is a 21st-century Mother...
Gr8 Expectations: Burrell Joins Top Wpial Dynasties by Claiming Eighth Class AA Wrestling Title in a Row, Bucs Are Part of Elite Group
Call it the reality show of WPIAL sports. Introducing ... Buc Dynasty. The Burrell Bucs' wrestling team is one of the greatest dynasties in the history of the WPIAL and that's not an overstatement. It is indeed reality. While one professional team of...
Haiti Celebrates First Cardinal
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - For Monsignor Chibly Langlois, the honor of joining the Catholic Church's elite hierarchy and being among those who may one day choose the next pope - and perhaps be among the top contenders - is unbelievable. So unbelievable,...
Henry Aaron to Turn 80 in Fitting Style
Henry Aaron turned 80 on Wednesday, a long life now divided neatly in half by the 40 years building to home run No. 715 and the 40 years spent in service to that epic swing. Time to celebrate the fully experienced life, one that has enjoyed equal...
'House of Cards' Dealt a New Hand
Netflix renewed "House of Cards" for a third season ahead of its Feb. 14 second-season premiere. NBC ordered an additional two episodes of new midseason drama "Chicago P.D." Disney Channel ordered a third season of comedy series "Dog With a Blog." TV...
If a Homeless Person Can Save, Can You?
A competition among working homeless people to see who could save the greatest percentage of their pay provided researchers with valuable insights that could be used to encourage middle class people to improve their financial circumstance. In what is...
It's Not Right Time to Look Ahead
The Penguins game against the New York Rangers tonight could be like the last day of school -- the players fidgety to start their vacations or, for several Penguins players and coaches, head to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Or not. "We have guys...
It Was a Goal Worth Savoring
With less than 30 seconds remaining and Shaler up 7-5 on Upper St. Clair Jan. 7, the result of the contest was not in doubt. But the play of the game -- and possibly the play of the season - - was still to come. Shaler senior Patrick Boyle took a pass...
Kaitlyn Dever's Career Booming at Age 17
PHILADELPHIA - For Kaitlyn Dever, time is passing too quickly. She turned 17 last month, for Pete's sake. "I'm the opposite of all my friends," said the little scene stealer from Tim Allen's comedy "Last Man Standing" (8 p.m. Friday on ABC). "They...
Key Recruiting Classes for Colonials, Dukes
Duquesne or Robert Morris have claimed at least a share of the Northeast Conference football championship in three of the past four seasons. In order to maintain that level of success, the programs know they have to keep bringing in a certain amount...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
The Post-Gazette's comprehensive report of recent deaths includes three types of obituaries. News obituaries, prepared by our staff, are published at the discretion of our editors; call 412-263-1601. Classified obituaries are paid death notices prepared...
'Lego Movie' Built upon Solid Laughs Popular Toys Come to Life in the Animated Film That Delivers a Clever and Hilarious Thrill Ride
You may recall that this concept of everyday toys coming to life has been attempted in the past. All in all, it went pretty well. So it's hard to go into something as commercially driven-sounding and unimaginatively titled as "The Lego Movie" without...
LOCAL [Derived Headline]
PITT SETS SPECIAL MEETINGS University of Pittsburgh trustees have scheduled a 9:30 a.m. special meeting Saturday, followed by a 4 p.m. meeting of the board's compensation committee. Pitt spokesman Ken Service today declined to comment when asked...
Los Angeles Kings Win Battle of the Olympic Goaltenders
LOS ANGELES - Jonathan Quick beat fellow Olympic goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky with 24 saves, Jake Muzzin scored the tying goal early in the third period and Robyn Regehr got the winner 2:33 into overtime to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the Columbus...
Love in a Shoebox: Holiday Memories of School Run Gamut
As I lovingly prepared my shoebox, I said to my mother, "I am so excited, wondering how many valentines I will get." In Ellwood City in the 1940s, Valentine's Day at Wayne Consolidated Grade School was one of the highlights of my young life. Each year,...
Mayor Defends Nominee to Lead City Budget Office Kiely Will Explain Tax Debt to Council
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued a statement Wednesday defending his choice of Edward Kiely to head the new Office of Management and Budget despite the nominee's income tax problems. Mr. Peduto said he had consulted with city council President Bruce...
Mental Illness in Crime Suspects Gives Police Special Problems
After John Rush was arrested two years ago for assaulting his then-girlfriend, a worker at the Allegheny County Jail's behavior clinic recommended that he receive outpatient treatment for an unspecified mental illness. That detail, and further information...
Montour Senior Works to Transform His Game Sleva Improves Scoring Average by 15 Points
Dustin Sleva doesn't look like the same player from a year ago, and he certainly plays a lot differently. Sleva, a senior at Montour, would be perfect for a role in the next Transformers movie because he has transformed himself from a reserve player,...
'Monuments Men' Enlightening
One of the most chilling manifestations of Adolf Hitler's insanity was his two-part plan for the great European art treasures looted from all over the continent: (1) He'd put them on display in The Fuhrer Museum (10 times bigger than the Louvre) to be...
'Monuments Men' Lets Clooney Evolve as Actor, Director
LOS ANGELES - Asked what it's like to be buddies with "The Monuments Men" star and director George Clooney, actor Matt Damon smiles and explains it can be a little annoying. "It's like God said 'Maybe this time I'll give one of them everything. I'll...
NATION [Derived Headline]
SENATE PANEL CLEARS POSTAL BILL WASHINGTON - A proposed rescue plan for the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service took a step forward Thursday when a Senate committee passed a bill that would end Saturday delivery in the future and make permanent...
New Employee Can't Afford Work Expenses
DEAR HARRIETTE: I was hired by company that has offices in New Jersey and in California. There's a weeklong training program that takes place in the California office, and I live in New Jersey. I assumed the company would pay for my trip; however,...
New Taxi Service Set to Go 'Volunteer' Drivers Face Insurance Questions
A day before its official Pittsburgh launch, ride-sharing company Lyft announced a major change in how it handles insurance coverage for its drivers -- but that may not be enough to keep the company from finding itself on the wrong side of Pennsylvania...
North Catholic Moves on in Style
The Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls basketball team departed Don Graham Court for the last time in style. In their final home game before moving to their new school next season, the Class A No. 4 Trojannettes (15-6, 10-2) got a layup from Abby Goetz...
Obama Pushes Right to Pray
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Thursday scolded China, Iran, North Korea and other countries known for repressing religious minorities and declared that promoting freedom of faith around the world was a central goal of U.S. foreign policy. Speaking...
Oct. 27, 1922-Feb. 6, 2014 Slugger for Lowly Postwar Pirates Ralph Kiner
Former Pirates idol Ralph Kiner had the kind of swing that kept patrons in their seats at Forbes Field until he ambled to the plate for his final at-bat. A natural artist of the long ball, the Hall of Famer led the National League in home runs for each...
OK the Pipeline the State Dept. Says It Won't Expand Pollution
One of the tough decisions for President Barack Obama in his quest to make curbing greenhouse gases a part of his legacy just got easier. The State Department released an 11-volume final environmental impact statement last week which said that building...
Orie to Be Released from Prison Sunday
Former state Sen. Jane Orie will be released from prison on Sunday after serving her minimum sentence. It is likely that Orie will walk out of the State Correctional Institutiton at Cambridge Springs in Crawford County around midmorning, after completing...
Pakistan, Taliban Open Peace Talks
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani government officials and Taliban representatives made their first formal contact on Thursday, each side handing the other a wish list as they began talks to end a debilitating conflict that has ravaged the country for years. The...
Patterson Thriving in Go-To Role for Panthers
MIAMI -- Senior Lamar Patterson has been Pitt's go-to guy all season, and he has more than played the part, often carrying the offense as his teammates struggled to score. In a 59-55 victory Wednesday against Miami, he again provided a spark with 25...
Penguins' Star Defenseman Letang Had Stroke
Penguins star defenseman defenseman Kris Letang had a stroke, the team said today. Mr. Letang, 26, has been undergoing tests for more than a week. He will be treated with blood thinners and miss at least six weeks. It is not believed his situation...
Piaa Wrestling Championships No Confusion Here: Na Really Did Win Website Initially Posts Wrong Result?from AAA Match
If North Allegheny wrestling fans followed Thursday's PIAA Class AAA first-round match against Cumberland Valley on the PIAA website, they were obviously disappointed to see the Tigers lose a 32-29 decision to the Eagles. If they checked 10 minutes later,...
Pitt Dropping Religious Studies Graduate Classes Future of German, Classics in Doubt
The University of Pittsburgh has rendered a decision on three graduate programs whose suspension in 2012 amid funding cuts sparked debate over the standing of humanities on campus and on Pitt's adherence to shared governance principles. Pitt provost...
Prevention: An Investment in the Nation's Health and Wealth
In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama praised the bipartisan effort to pass a recent budget bill and renewed his commitment to the Affordable Care Act, a law that puts public health and prevention front and center. Now lawmakers...
Primitive Values
As canine Officer Rocco felt the explosion of pain, which surely followed the knife that sliced through his muscles to penetrate deep into his body, did he also experience a shock of bewilderment that, instead of being rewarded as always for doing...
Report Says Regs Crucial for Prepaid Debit Cards
Prepaid debit cards are becoming more affordable with increased competition resulting in fewer fees, but the booming market still lacks critical consumer protections, according to a just-released study by The Pew Charitable Trusts. U.S. consumers loaded...
Rocco's Funeral to Begin at 11 A.M. Today
Pittsburgh police this morning will hold a funeral for Rocco, the police dog who died last week after he was stabbed while trying to apprehend a suspect. Marked K-9 cars will leave the Pittsburgh police canine training academy in Highland Park at 10...
Round II New Castle-Hampton Square off Again; Plus Tonight's Games That Will Determine Final Playoff Contenders
Tonight is the final full night of section play in WPIAL boys basketball and there are still several playoff spots to be filled. But before we give you the playoff picture, one piece of news concerning the Hampton vs. New Castle II. The game is sold...
Sentence Issued for Anti-Police Rap Video
Jamal Knox repeatedly asked the judge about to sentence him to treat him like a human being and not a rapper. "I don't want the court to look at me as Mayhem Mal," Knox said. "As a rapper, you have to put on an image. Like, my business is a product....
Taliban Revival Pakistan's Talks Raise the Movement's Stature
The Pakistan government met Thursday in Islamabad for the first time in peace talks with representatives of the Taliban, the Islamist fundamentalist political movement. In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai's efforts to reach his own deal with the...
Target Cybertheft Started at Local Firm Hackers Attacked Sharpsburg Company
The Target security breach that compromised the data of millions of Christmas shoppers could be traced to the cybertheft of information from a Sharpsburg-based heating, air conditioning and refrigeration company. Fazio Mechanical Services Inc. confirmed...
Tom Diez Dec. 4, 1933 - Feb. 3, 2014 Plum Resident Had a Lifelong Passion for Wildlife
About the only thing Tom Diez enjoyed more than the natural world was sharing it with young people. His passion for wildlife became a lifelong vocation. A resident of Plum, he lectured for the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, and his photos and...
Vikings Finish Staff
The Minnesota Vikings finalized their assistants under new coach Mike Zimmer, including special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, the target of a discrimination complaint by one of his former players. The Vikings said Thursday that Priefer will be one...
Were Rangers Looking Past Oilers to Pens?
NEW YORK - Thud. The Rangers' four-game winning streak ended in the final minutes against the Western Conference cellar-dwelling Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, as the Blueshirts were victimized by a disappointing start and sloppy play at the end...
WORLD [Derived Headline]
CAMERON URGES SCOTS TO STAY LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron waded forcefully into the debate over Scottish independence today, delivering an impassioned call to keep the United Kingdom together just seven months before Scots vote on...
Wr Coach Engram Is Headed to Ravens Pitt
Pitt wide receivers coach Bobby Engram is expected to leave the Panthers to take the same position with the Baltimore Ravens, a source confirmed Thursday. An official announcement could come as early as today. The move was first reported by coachingsearch.com....
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